It wasn’t my intention to spend last Friday painting a 9-drawer dresser but as soon as I checked my emails and realized that this china hutch had sold late last week, I knew I needed to get something painted stat. If you’re a vendor you know the importance of having a piece at the ready. You never know when an anchor piece in your space will sell and you have to able to fill in the gaps as quickly as possible.
I found this dresser in early February when I was out shopping at an estate sale with my mom. We almost didn’t get it because there was no room in my car. But it was reasonably priced and my Mom encouraged me to buy it anyway. I’m so glad she did. Needless to say the dresser has been waiting its turn to be painted in the middle of the front entry. We have an open floor plan which is great when you want to entertain but not so great when it’s cold and raining outside multiple days in a row and you have a business to run.
The pieces I’ve painted in shades of blues and pale greens have been really selling well lately. But I’ve also wanted to spread my wings a bit and start mixing custom color chalk paints. This sea glass inspired color is a mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg, Country Grey and French Linen. It took a few tries to get the color I was after but I’m really happy with this combination.
I left the hardware in tact as it has a salty mix of bronze and worn patina.
I’m also trying to challenge myself try different techniques on finishes too. This is a weathered look I’m trialing using stain and clear wax. The drawers to the far left and the small one on the bottom have been waxed. The top the middle two drawers and all of the drawers to the right have not been waxed.
Of course, a light distressing has become a signature in my booth space and will continue to be a keeper for as long as my customers want it. I hope they always love it as much as I do.
You may recognize the painting from my spring mantle post yesterday. I thought the colors went perfectly with the dresser. The books aren’t old but I like the neutral shade of the binding. The little green postal scale has been with me for a while now. I’m hoping to show you my spring console table next week. It’s borrowed from that vignette. I bought this galvanized can at Renningers probably two or may be even three years ago. It’s so versatile I used it both inside and outside.
I finished painting this dresser on Friday and we delivered it to the store late Sunday afternoon.
Needing to deliver it so soon wasn’t in my plans either but that’s the real life of a vendor. You never know what the week will hold.